In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Bennie Kara, deputy headteacher, author and speaker on diversity in the curriculum and school environment. Bennie shares her wealth of expertise on how schools can build an inclusive school culture, talks about the importance of language and outlines some key terminology that all educators and parents should be aware of.
We’ve joined forces with Dr Elly Hanson to bring you some top tips, straight from the evidence-base, on how to help your child challenge harmful talk and bigotry and what they can do to avoid it. It also includes advice on what you can do if you find that your child is engaging in conversations or using language that denigrates various groups of people.
‘Diffabilities’ are important parts of many young people’s identity. The books in this list all feature strong characters with either disabilities or neurodevelopmental differences. They can help children to feel seen and represented, build empathy and understanding and celebrate the wonderful diversity of experience that is all around them.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Christia Spears Brown about the impact of bias, particularly in the context of race and gender. They discuss how to identify our own implicit biases, outline practical strategies for reducing levels of bias in the home and consider how to protect young people at risk of being targeted by bias.
If your child is LGBTQ+ and needs support, here are some great services that can help. Many of them offer assistance to family members too.
In this webinar, Dr Weston is joined by Dr Claire Harvey to discuss how to promote excellent mental health in LGBTQ+ teens. We share the research evidence and discuss what needs to happen at home and at school to ensure teens have positive self-esteem and a great support network.
‘Effective school provision for EAL students and their parents/carers depends on information, coordination, support and communication’ (Evans, et al., 2016). Take a look at our top tips for creating a supportive school environment for parents of EAL children, as well as key positive messages that you should send to any parent/carer who does not have English as their first language.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Dr Naomi Flynn about what makes a great teacher of children with English as an additional language (EAL). They discuss the significance of assessing English proficiency, fantastic classroom practice and the importance of getting to know and welcoming each individual child and their family.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Professor Victoria Murphy about the misconceptions surrounding children with English as an additional language (EAL) and how teachers and parents can better support emergent bilingualism. They discuss the main stages of children’s second language development and address how bilingualism should be considered a huge benefit, both to the child and to their school class as a whole. We discover that given that almost 25% of UK children having EAL, this is a subject that requires much more research.
We know from research that feeling unrepresented in books or films can make young people who are from non-traditional family forms feel different or invisible. This can have a detrimental effect on their mental health and self-esteem. We’ve compiled a list of books for children and young people of all ages which celebrate families of all shapes and sizes. Have a look for some inspiration, and get in touch if you know of any others!